Cullen Welcomes Back Ryan From Injury
January 17, 2020 / Marcus Ó Buachalla
The Leinster Rugby team, as sponsored by Bank of Ireland, to take on Benetton Rugby in the final round of Heineken Champions Cup pool stage games tomorrow in Stadio Monigo has been named by Head Coach Leo Cullen (Kick-off: 1.00pm Irish – BT Sport).
There are no changes to the backline from last week’s win against Lyon OU at the RDS Arena but there are a number of changes in the pack, as Leinster look to book a home Quarter-Final on the weekend of 3/4/5 April 2020.
Jordan Larmour is again selected at full-back, as is Dave Kearney on the right and James Lowe on the left wing.
Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose are the centre partnership for the trip to Italy.
Luke McGrath, who captains Leinster in Europe for the first time, and Ross Byrne again form the half-back partnership.
In the pack, Cian Healy is retained in the front row, with Seán Cronin and Andrew Porter coming in.
Devin Toner comes into the second row at loosehead lock for this week with James Ryan returning from a calf injury to take his place in the number five jersey.
In the back row, last weekend’s Heineken Man of the Match Max Deegan moves onto the blindside from number eight, with Josh van der Flier retaining his position at openside. Caelan Doris is the final addition with the 21-year-old coming in to start in the number eight jersey.
Leinster Rugby (caps in brackets):
15. Jordan Larmour (45)
14. Dave Kearney (145)
13. Garry Ringrose (71)
12. Robbie Henshaw (43)
11. James Lowe (40)
10. Ross Byrne (83)
9. Luke McGrath (120) CAPTAIN
1. Cian Healy (215)
2. Seán Cronin (177)
3. Andrew Porter (61)
4. Devin Toner (243)
5. James Ryan (36)
6. Max Deegan (59)
7. Josh van der Flier (79)
8. Caelan Doris (28)
16. James Tracy (105)
17. Peter Dooley (72)
18. Tadhg Furlong (107)
19. Ross Molony (92)
20. Rhys Ruddock (168)
21. Jamison Gibson-Park (84)
22. Ciarán Frawley (21)
23. Rob Kearney (216)
Referee: Karl Dickson (England)